Thursday, July 26, 2012

Book #208: Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham, Illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky,

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Zebra’s in charge of this alphabet show and he’s determined everything will run like clockwork. Unfortunately, Moose is a little over zealous. It’s just so difficult to wait for his turn! M is halfway through the alphabet! Will Zebra be able to keep the show running smoothly? Will Moose get to be in the show?

Each mixed media illustration is framed with a band of color and shows animals and objects against a simple pastel background. Each page features a single letter and what it stands for, “A is for Apple, B is for Ball.” Against this trite background, Moose’s humorous antics pop to the forefront. The text of the alphabet book is printed in large letters with dialogue between characters in speech bubbles. As with the text, the fun illustrations appear when Moose interrupts the orderly show. I love the pages that shows Moose having a tantrum because Mouse has been chosen over Moose for the letter M, he stomps his feet in the pie (for the letter P) and upsets the queen and owl (for Q and O) turning the page into a jammy mess of hoof prints and letters.

This is a fun alphabet book for Kindergarteners who already know their ABC’s. They’ll be eager to correct you when you say “D is for Moose” and by the end of the book they’ll be cheering for Moose to have his moment in the spotlight.

Play around with the Alphabet Song after you read this book. Stand in a circle, see if you can sing or recite the alphabet backwards with each person saying one letter. Can half the group sing it forward and the other half backwards? Can you meet at M in the middle?

Pair this book with Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein for an interrupting storytime. Follow up by telling interrupting jokes (interrupting cow, interrupting chicken, etc.).

Have an entire storytime about moose (Moose would approve). You could also read If You Give a Moose a Muffin and them make some moose hand-print headbands (the website calls them reindeer antlers, but they work as moose antlers, too).

The book trailer is hilarious and provides a “behind the scenes” look at the making of this book. With a few interruptions by Moose, of course.


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